July 5, 2016, South Sudanese forces in opposition under the command of the first vice president Dr Riek Machar Teny have accused the government soldiers SPLA under the command of president Gen Salva Kiir of attempting to eliminate their senior officers in opposition including the their army commander .
According to the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO) army spokesperson Col William Gatjiath Deng in a statement released on Monday the government soldiers shot at the car of Dr Machar at Gudela road on June 16 2016 and have committed a lot of security violations in the last two weeks.
“National Security agents shots our cars and firing random bullets even near the residence of the 1st Vice President.. On date 16/6/2016, National Security shot the car of the 1st Vice President at Gudela road” Deng noted
“They also shot the car of the share command Cdr. John Mabiek Gaar at Mongateen on 19/6/2016 and on July 2 2016, the SPLA-IG killed our good officer by the name “Lt.Col. George Alex Sandra alias Gismala when they found sitting with his brothers. They shot him and took him away and brought his body back at night and place it at the Juba Teaching Hospital.” he said.
He also alleges that they have planned to assassinate all former National Security and IM officers and personnel who deserted to the SPLA-IO.
“They are keeping 137-IO members in their detention and they don’t want to release them, where is the peace,”
Machar forces also accuse troops loyal to President Kiir of reneging on the implementation of the security arrangements, including establishment of cantonment areas for SPLA-IO in Greater Equatorial and Greater Bahr el Ghazal regions
However the Spokesperson of South Sudan Police Service claims that the death of an officer belonging to the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO), a co-national army under the overall command of the First Vice President, Riek Machar, was politically motivated.
Brigadier General Daniel Justin Boulo attributed the cause of death of Lt. Colonel George Gismala on Saturday to the prevalence of guns in the hands of unauthorized persons in the country.
“When people who have access to weapons and everyone has a gun, the life of everyone is at risk and it becomes difficult to identify and know the perpetuators,” Boulo said.
He said people with different motives have illegally acquired weapons as well as those using military uniforms are among the groups roaming and causing insecurity situation.
The issue of insecurity, he said, will reduce when the illegally armed people are identified and disarmed.
This, he further added, cannot be done single handedly by the army or the police force and security forces but a work of everybody in the country in order to create a conducive security environment.